Popcorn HyPOPcrisy


One word. Seven letters. Two syllables. Popcorn. Oceanside High School has taken it too far this time. The mental health of our students is being tarnished due to the school’s insensibility. Why, you may ask? We’ll tell you why. We surveyed a few students who we saw passing the vending machine, and they unanimously agreed: “this needs to stop” and “this happens all the time.”  


We recently witnessed Brianna Costante, a sophomore, crying in the hallway and exclaiming “I lost my pop!” So like any other journalist in search of a great story, Melanie Krieger responded “oh no, we should get you to a social worker.” Brianna replied, “Not that pop…my popcorn!” At this point, we realized the severity of the situation.

So now that we have your attention, let’s discuss the problem. The WISE Popcorn in our Oceanside High School vending machines gets stuck after every purchase. Only on rare occasions do people actually receive their popcorn without shaking the machine, kicking it, or just giving up and moving to the next machine with the dreaded kettle corn! This is a problem because not only are students losing their money by not receiving their snack after their purchase, but they are also being forced to spend even more money on a different snack that they did not want to begin with. In attempt to solve this issue, here is a letter we have written:

Dear Phyllis Harrington and First Lady Michelle Obama,

This is a time for change. The students of Oceanside High School have had enough with this tyranny and demand reform.  We are asking to make WISE popcorn more accessible in our school, whether it be sold in the lobby, cafeteria or we just receive better quality vending machines.  It has been a constant struggle to accommodate our needs with a broken vending machine of snacks.  Please do not be perplexed. The kettle corn can stay where it is. This quest for change isn’t POPlitical.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thank you and God-speed,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Priscilla Ambrosecchia and Melanie Rose Krieger